Sunday, November 30, 2008
Within second of my arrival, I thrust my camera into Nate's hands and had him take a pic of Amy & I.
Alex arrived within minutes and again, Nate was camera man!
Before leaving, I realized that I didn't get a photo of just Alex & I, so out came the camera!
It's great to have such good friends that when we get together, it's like coming home. I miss you guys!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
First, I took off work on Friday and we went to The Flying Biscuit, my very favorite breakfast spot. I had my favorite- eggs on top of love cakes (black bean corn cakes) smothered in tomatillo sauce, sour cream and feta cheese, with a side of grits and flying biscuits with cranberry apple butter of course.
Lesley had her first fried green tomatoes, which were covered with goat cheese-yum! G had oatmeal pancakes which had a very strange texture from the oatmeal, but were totally addicting!
Here is G in the restaurant.
Then, we headed over to Perimeter mall. I haven't been there in ages- it is so nice. I was pretty peeved that they don't have a Hollister. I mean, really. Who the heck doesn't have a Hollister?? That was the main reason for me going to the mall- Christmas presents of Hollister t-shirts (on sale of course) for Jake. But, finding my new favorite store, Anthropologie, made it all worth while. I've decided that if I ever win the lottery, I'm just going to buy the whole store.
After that, we head home to take the kids to their birthday dinner- Japanese steakhouse, of course. Bailey turned 9 on the 13th and Jake turned 12 on Monday. The kids had fun with the warm hand towels.
...about Dave's head...I'll just leave you with "stupid human trick" and you can use your own imagination...
This was Giovanni's first time at a hibachi and I was kind of concerned. I shouldn't have been- he had a blast! This was the look on his face the whole night.
Our hibachi chef was quite funny. He even posed for me!
I also had the best drink I've ever had. Seriously. You know how much I love lychees. They are absolutely my favorite thing. My favorite fruit, my favorite drink (which I can only find at the Asian market), my favorite candy (again- Asian market only) my favorite flavor of all time. Well, new to America is Soho Lychee Liquor. Yee haw! They made a drink there with it and it was just lychee yumminess. Next time I go, I'm making them give me the recipe. Here is the loveliness which is my new favorite beverage.
After that, we headed over to my mom and dad's house to drop Jake off to spend the night. They brought out their bin of ooooold McDonald's toys and we all had fun. I think Lesley and I had more fun than the kids!
The next day we headed out to Stone Mountain Christmas. Lesley just couldn't get over how amazing Stone Mountain was!
It is pretty darn cool!
Here are my goofballs.
This would have been a cool Christmas card, had Jake not made a silly face.
After walking around the Christmas village for a little bit, we decide to go up the mountain on one of these.
Jake keeps telling me he doesn't want to go up and can't understand why he can't just wait in the car. LOL By the time we get in line, he is hysterical- he is sobbing, hitting me and calling me an idiot. Um, yeah. My response? Suck it up, be a man, you.are.going.on.the.skytram. Here he is halfway up the mountain.
We made it to the top!
There is nothing like a sunset on top of a mountain!
Jake LOVED running around the top- it looks like the surface of the moon.
So, we're ready to ride down and somehow, Jake talks Lesley into hiking down with him while Bailey and I take G town on the Skytram. Great idea, right? Sure, the hike wasn't bad. But, the fact that it took them around the other side of the park and they had to walk miles back to the Christmas Village was just not in the plans. So, an hour later, with wobbly legs, they finally find us!
And then my camera dies...
If you have kids and you haven't gone to Stone Mountain Christmas yet, I recommend it. The village is adorable, the Christmas Train ride was great, unfortunately we didn't get to see the 4-D Polar Express, but we'll get that next time. The best part was the Snow Angel show at the end- fireworks, snow (soap suds) falling from the sky and a real flying Snow Angel- she was actually flying above us- held up by wires. It was very cool!
The next day, they went home and I cried, as always.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We took her to dinner at Bahama Breeze! Get it? Just like our cruise last year to the Bahamas! As you can see, we're missing Mandy, whose dh had to work at the last minute. :(
After a scrumptious dinner, we headed out for another surprise. We went to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory, whose website was just a tad bit misleading. It was basically a hole in the wall with no place to sit!
Disclaimer- here are my two favorite single gals, Staci & Kristen. If you are a God-lovin, mature man, go ahead and check out their blogs! They're both beautiful inside and out and would be a prize for any man!
Back to the hole in the wall... they did have lovely cupcakes!
The man working there brought out fresh ones for our little partay.
Here we are with our baked goodies. You can see Amanda's little bundle of joy, Asa, in the bottom left. He was such a good baby!
So, we headed back into my van and asked Magellan to take us to the nearest Starbucks. Luckily it was only 0.3 miles away. Don't these cupcakes look delicious? Here are the flavors we chose: Pumpkin Latte, White Chocolate Cranberry, Double Chocolate, Sugar Cookie Nutella, Gingerbread Lemon, Chocolate Almond, and Caramel Apple.
This is what the box looked like when we were done.
Here are some other pics I just couldn't leave out.
Here is Mandi, who kept asking what a certain cupcake was!
Happy birthday, friend!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Shining in the moonlight,
You see the night like day.
I’ll tell you a little secret,
The moon lit my way.
I was walking in the forest,
And then I became lost.
I needed a flashlight,
But couldn’t afford the cost.
Wow, I found my family!
The moonlight lit my way.